Notes: The 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe apparently has a problem with the engine stalling while driving.

In a 2-page letter to Santa Fe owners from August 2014, Hyundai claims the engine stalling only occurs under a "specific set of operating conditions".

However a class action lawsuit filed around the same time details multiple claims from Sante Fe owners that claim the engine stalling happens at any time, under any conditions.

Although the model year range in the lawsuit is 2010-2012, the stalling complaint trend hasn't shown up in our data for the 2010 model year. Both the 2011 & 2012 Santa Fe model years DO show a significant defect trend of the engine stalling.

Currently we're not rating the 2010 Santa Fe as "bad" or "poor". Just be aware of this potentially serious problem.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,500 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2010 Hyundai Santa Fe body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 072015

Santa Fe 4-cyl

  • 48,000 miles


The vehicle has a humming sound coming from right side passenger side when driven 10 mph in cold weather. The vehicle was taken to Hyundai and because it could not be reproduced there was no further investigation. I was told if it happens again, to bring the vehicle in. I have an appointment on 3/21/15.

- Manchester, NH, USA

problem #1

Jan 012011

Santa Fe

  • 9,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that she noticed scratches on her vehicle which suddenly turned into rust within a couple of days. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer and they advised her that they were unable to diagnose the failure and that it was just paint damage. The manufacturer was contacted as well and advised her to call her insurance company. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 9,000.

- Burke, VA, USA

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